Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Kanalu (K38)

873 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit


Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: Kanalu is dedicated in the preservation of native Kanaka Maoli (The People) culture. Kanalu - K38 is dedicated to education for the purpose of lifesaving. We have an official international annual awards program called The Wake of Fame. Kanalu K38 is the founder of the Rescue Water Craft Association, a governing body of concerned and committed international lifesavers.

Results: Our educational outreach programs have had a direct impact nationally and regionally by supporting direct hands on training with rescue water craft and program development training over 300 students in 2015. We recently inducted 42 persons in our Wake of Fame awards and are accepting nominations for 2016. Kanalu is dedicated in the preservation of native Kanaka Maoli (The People) culture. Kanalu shares with modern society how surfboards from the late 1800’s were built, from the time a “koa or wili wili” (endemic species) trees were felled, to the cultural significance of location, to carving of a solid wood slab transforming its kinolau (body form) and life through ancient ritualism of the Hawaiian using the implements of old – creating story and chant in the process. Follow the journey of resurrection, life reborn, from the eyes and hands of native Hawaiians as we revive the traditional practices of surfing with the construction of “Olo” (longest) and kiko`o” (averaging about 3.3m), alaia (shortboard) surfboards, and the making of the papaholua (Hawaiian sleds) for competition for the first time in nearly two centuries as we honor the Hawaiian people and their culture, nearly vanished. Traditionally the process begins with the giving of the koko (blood) - to its bonding with sea and land – to the finished implement (using traditional methods of preservation) - to sliding across the face of a mountain and wave.

Target demographics: Preserve Native Heritage and Ensure the Safety of Occupational Lifesaving Professionals and Public Trust through Highly Trained RWC Operators

Direct beneficiaries per year: 384 Students and Rescue Professionals

Geographic areas served: Cultural Education, Lifesaving Education, and Community Outreach

Programs: Lifesaving, Swimming to Prevent Risk of Drowning, Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft Program, Cultural Programming for creating and riding Holua Sleds and Ola Surfboards, Wake of Fame Awards Program, Rescue Water Craft Associate International program, Lifesaving scholarship Program

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

My favorite non-profit, they do a lot of community work with youth projects, historical preservation, education and water safety. They are by far the most caring group of professionals and we appreciate their dedication.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Professional education and services. Outstanding! Keep the highest standards going, I it is needed in our community.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organisation, follow the team for the latest updates, news, procedures and safety all round.

2 Fabio2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They work very hard to promote water safety guideline and programs, pruod to know and learn from them

1 K38Rodrigo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kanalu (K38) cares about water safety and surf rescue with knowledge and responsability. With affiliates all around the world, including K38 Portugal, keeps growing steadily towards a "safer for all" water community.

1 Hiroshi Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The great organization providing the best education for water safety.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thankfully we have a knowledge base from subject matter experts who care about the safety or professionals and works in concert with other boating safety organizations. Thumbs up!

1 Steve162

Client Served

Rating: 5

K38 is recognized as a world leader in teaching the skills necessary to perform rescues utilizing RWC. They are responsible for the lives of many who have been caught in the hazards of the marine environment.

Comments ( 1 )


WaterWise 05/06/2016

Mahalo Steve, we appreciate your support

1 WaterWise


Rating: 5

Kanalu - K38 is a worldwide force of water safety knowledge and intellectual information that nobody in the water rescue field can do with out.

1 HLAwardsProgram


Rating: 5

We appreciate our partners in water safety internationally. United we are good stewards have the ability to increase our outreach for educational programs. We appreciate your support and contributions to our water rescue community.

1 Endurance


Rating: 5

I have enjoyed working on program development with the awards and educational outreach. together we are committed towards serving standardization and best practices that will assist in injury, accident and drowning prevention.

1 Offshoresupport

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Honored to support Kanalu - K38 for their global and national contributions to drowning prevention, a worldwide crisis.

1 David246


Rating: 5

I have worked in Kanalu-K38 events and found them to be both rewarding and valuable in connecting past cultural-history based practices to future generations of Hawaiians of all races.

Each event was well attended, full of generosity and enthusiasm which was in evidence in both Kanalu-K38 staff as well as the youthful participants.

My role was to develop digital assets in Photography and Video as well as general support and reporting (Journalism).

I am a huge fan of the organization after seeing the easy manner in which it educates and inspires our children in the arenas of water safety as well as diverse cultural practices.

1 Shawn A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kanalu (K38) provides a valuable educational outreach service through a variety of programs. These programs serve the greater good in terms of Hawai'ian cultural awareness, global education for lifesaving, an awards program and an association of water rescue safety professionals.

These programs have an international outreach and serve many people and nations. The cultural program is designed to preserve and educate the modern generation in the ways of the ancestral Hawai'ian 'Kanaka Maoli', the people.

Tom Pohaku Stone is a cultural icon representing the Kanaka Maoli. He has held fast to protect and preserve the Historic Hawaiian He'e Nalu and He`eholua Pi`i Mai Ka Nalu, a traditional Hawaiian surfing and sledding outreach program. Tom and Pake AhMow travel the world sharing this knowledge and the first hand experience to participants on creating and laying their hands upon the design and construction of traditional Hawai'ian shaped Papahe’enalu (Surfboards).

"He mea Kanaka Maoli - Native Made", Tom is a native Hawaiian and his master crafstman skills represent 2,000 years of tradition, he is sharing this knowledge with the world and with the youth who are our future. His surfboards have been featured in the Smithsonian Institute and he is a public speaker and a former Professor at the University of Hawaii regarding his culture.

There is no other program like this on planet Earth. Kanalu preserves the ways and paves for the future generations a rekindling spirit of embracing our past to create our future.

Kanalu stands for (Catch the wave), as we look to the horizon we ride the wave of humanity from our ancestral heritage, lest we forget our values, our ways, words, deeds and actions.

Review from Guidestar